Security

Related Faculty

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Head of School, Associate Dean, and Professor
Bio-sensory computing; brainwave authentication; information economics and policy
Chris Hoofnagle
Adjunct Professor
Internet law, information privacy, consumer protection, cybersecurity, computer crime, regulation of technology, edtech
Deirdre K. Mulligan
Associate Professor
privacy, fairness, human rights, cybersecurity, technology and governance, values in design
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Professor (I School and EECS)
Computer security and privacy
Steve Weber
Faculty Director, Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity and Professor (I School and Dept. of Political Science)
International politics, international business, and the information economy; Cybersecurity; Behavioral economics within Information Systems

Recent Publications

Dec 15, 2018

What can machines know about the mind? This dissertation seeks to understand people’s beliefs about this question: how these beliefs affect and arise from interactions with digital sensors, from prior beliefs about the mind and the body; and how these beliefs may shape the design of technical systems in the future.

The purpose of this dissertation is twofold. First, it surfaces that the boundary between sensing bodies and sensing minds is unstable, deeply entangled with social context and beliefs about the body and mind. Second, it proposes the porousness of this boundary as a site for studying the role that biosensing devices will play in near future. As biosensors creep into smart watches, bands, and ingestibles, their ability to divine not just what these bodies do, but what they think and feel, presents an under-explored avenue for understanding and imagining how thesetechnologies will come to matter in the course of life.

Nov 8, 2018

We investigate cybersecurity toolkits, collections of public facing materials intended to help users achieve security online. We look at design dimensions of these toolkits, and investigate how the toolkits construct security as a value and how they construct people as (in)secure users.

May 8, 2018

The creators of technical infrastructure are under social and legal pressure to comply with expectations that can be difficult to translate into computational and business logics. This dissertation bridges this gap through three projects that focus on privacy engineering, information security, and data economics, respectively. These projects culminate in a new formal method for evaluating the strategic and tactical value of data: data games. This method relies on a core theoretical contribution building on the work of Shannon, Dretske, Pearl, Koller, and Nissenbaum: a definition of situated information flow as causal flow in the context of other causal relations and strategic choices.

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Security news

Ankit Bansal

Ankit Bansal aims to improve security for private data and autonomous vehicles with cybersecurity fellowship. 

Chris Hoofnagle and Jen King

Washington Post op-ed cites privacy research by Chris Hoofnagle and Jen King.

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I School researchers have developed a custom-fit earpiece that that can capture “passthoughts” through brainwave signals from the ear canal, and for the first time demonstrated one-step three-factor authentication.

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Chris Jay Hoofnagle, Deirdre Mulligan, and others weighed in on an ongoing lawsuit challenging the authority of the Federal Trade Commission to regulate companies’ data security practices.

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